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Are the child’s interests really at heart at some of these private schools in Saudi Arabia, asks Tariq Al-Maeena in Arab News.

 

DUBAI - At the helm of a new academic year, principals, teachers and mentors of the 50 Madares Al Ghad (MAG) or Future Schools in the UAE pledged on Sunday for a renewed thrust on English language and making its pupils more Internet savvy. Mathematics and Science would be taught in English in these schools, for the first time, reports Preeti Kannan

 

KAOLACK, Senegal, August 17: It hurts too much to lie on his back, so the 7-year-old has spent the past month stretched out on his stomach. His two grandmothers sit on the hospital bed beside him, fanning the pink flesh left exposed by his teacher’s whip. 

It’s progress that Momodou Biteye is in the hospital at all. It’s also encouraging that the Quranic teacher who did this to him is behind bars.

 

DUBAI - The Dubai government will take strict action against corruption and bribery in the public and private sector, the attorney-general said on Sunday after several arrests in government-controlled companies shocked the emirate - the region’s financial centre.

 

Costa Rica, the first country in the modern world to abolish its army, was chosen to set up the University of Peace (UPeace) in 1980. Established by the United Nations, UPeace is an independent university for postgraduate studies. John J. Maresca, the Rector of UPeace in India recently stressed the need for peace education.

 

What it was like to grow up in the midst of the freedom struggle.

 I loved to sit by this window and watch people go in and out of congress house. this was where i caught my first glimpses of not only gandhiji but also nehru, patel and several others. Also: ‘Globalisation telling upon human relations’: Gandhian viewpoint on economy

 

CHENNAI, AUGUST 19 : Eager to fulfil her daughter’s dream of joining an electronics engineering course, a Muslim woman from rural Tamil Nadu has sought judicial help to defy her conservative husband’s decision not to send the girl for further studies. … Acting on the mother’s petition, Justice K Chandru directed Seethalakshmi Aachi College to return all certificates.

 

'' It is the ardent desire of every madrasa student to not just acquire the religious training that he has been sent there for but also get trained in other subjects which are of essence in trying to eke a livelihood in the real world. I felt that too, that's why I teach English to my students even if my madrasa does not give permission for it.''

 

An American reader, Gordon Reade, sent me the following question, which is no doubt on the minds of many:

 “In America our history books say that while Europe was mired in the dark ages, the Arabs led the world in art, education, science, math, philosophy, military power and you name it. According to our books, a thousand years ago the Arabs were every bit as powerful as America is today. But what our books don’t tell us is what went wrong. The Arabs of today would be virtually unrecognizable to the Arabs of the past. Clearly you guys suffered some tremendous catastrophe long before 1967 and long before 1948. What went wrong and when did it happen? Do the Arabs have a name for it?” A column by Khalid Batarfi in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat Weekly.

 

Advocates of assisted marriage say it maintains tradition. Critics point to gender inequities and an unhealthy preoccupation with ethnic purity.

By Amy Williams and Amy DePaul, AlterNet

 

Today was Islamabad’s birthday and whether it was celebrated by the civic bodies is not known but those of us who have seen the city grow from scratch certainly remembered!Ishrat Hyatt in The News, Islamabad

 

ISLAMABAD: The growing inflation has led to an increase in people queuing up for free food at the shrine of Islamabad’s patron saint Bari Imam.

 

As many as 325 people, mostly youngsters, were deported back to Allama Iqbal International Airport here Monday from Turkey. The FIA Immigration officials said the deportees were deported back to the country by the Turkish immigration authorities through a special flight of PIA. Senior FIA officials said gangs were continuously sending people to Turkey from where they were pushed into the Greece using different land and river routes in a very miserable state of affairs. The officials said the rackets were sending innocent people to Europe using land routes of Iran, Turkey and the Central Asian Republics. They said the FIA had busted many such gangs, reports Ali Raza in The News, Islamabad.

 

Impenetrable barriers separate the richest Egyptians from the rest of society.

They are real walls of cement and iron, not just symbolic walls describing class structures figuratively. The wealthiest class is increasingly becoming alienated from the rest of society. They have shut themselves in to enjoy the wealth of a country they know nothing about except what would fill up their coffers. This minority live in new housing compounds with names like Hyde Park, Beverly Hills, Palm Hills, Evergreen, Utopia, Kattamia Heights and others. It is a phenomenon unknown to Egypt before the 1952 revolution, whose 52nd anniversary is tomorrow.

 

 As we settled ourselves at a table, only a few men glanced over. From grizzled graybeards to gleeful schoolboys, everyone had an eye on the one other woman in the room. She filled up a TV screen against the wall. She wore lots of makeup and no head scarf. Her clothes were modest by the standards of my Cleveland neighbourhood but not by Kabul’s… Kristin Ohlson writes in New York Times Magazine.

 

The Damascene men are as matter-of-fact as, say, a Tambrahm, and not given to the flowery compliments that seem to endear other Arab men to women. But they are superbly polite, confident creatures and it’s nice to see so many handsome male faces at once. Damascenes show appreciation discreetly, making sure it registers but never in an annoying or crude way. As residents of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city, they’ve seen it all, done it all, writes Renuka Narayanan in the Hindustan Times

 

Despite a blanket ban on subscription of Dish TV, a product of the India-based Zee TV, many shops in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi are selling the service after allegedly smuggling the receivers into the country. 'People are inclined more towards the Dish TV as they have all the sports channels from around the world as well as movie channels at a cheaper rate.’ The Ministry of Economy has, however, directed the port authorities across the UAE to confiscate TV decoders being smuggled into the country, says a report in The Khaleej Times by staff reporters Joy Sengupta, Anwar Ahmad and Adel Arafah .

 

Encouraged by the exemplary success of a madrasa student in the civil services exam (2007), a group of clerics in the city have decided to prepare more madrasa candidates for the elite services. A centre, to be entirely funded by the community, will take off soon. Mohammed Wajihuddin, TNN, reports.

 

A few months ago, the trustees of Madrasa Azizia in Mumbai had suggested an alternative source of income for the charity-run institution: a factory that would fund it. But Maulana Mazhar Alam Qasmi who heads the 35-year-old madrasa, a branch of the famous seminary Darul Uloom Deoband in Uttar Pradesh, rejected the offer in no uncertain terms. Reason: "A madrasa must not be rich enough to become corrupt like other educational institutions." Mohammed Wajihuddin of TNN reports.

 

REMEMBER 14-YEAR-OLD Amina, who was rescued by an airhostess on a Hyderabad- Delhi flight? The girl had been married off to a 60- year- old Arab, who was taking her to Saudi Arabia for a ‘better life’.

The airhostess alerted the police and Amina was rescued. That was in 1991. Seventeen years on, little has changed. Young girls barely into puberty are being married off under the plea of poverty, tradition or merely because they are seen as a “burden” on their families.

Sometimes even the courts uphold the marriage as legitimate because it falls under the purview of certain personal laws. Early this week, the Delhi High Court upheld the provisions of the Muslim Personal Law, to allow Afsana, a minor girl, to “decide her own fate and future”. In an accompanying piece Sujata B. Shakeel and Anindita D. Choudhury report for Mail Today, New Delhi. Rohit Wadhwaney reports on rampant child marriages in Delhi.

 

Writers argue about where Egypt stands today—on the brink of a brighter future, or on the edge of an abyss?

 
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